2004 Garden Crusader Awards
Complete List of Winners
We started the Garden Crusader Award in 2001. Here are this year's winners:
GRAND PRIZEMaurice Jones
Los Angeles, Calif.
Maurice Jones has combined his love of gardening with his passion for helping those in need, and has forged a ray of hope in the middle of an impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood.
When Sarah began volunteering at her children's Montessori school, she never imagined that she'd become an author and garden curriculum expert. Using an existing garden at the school, she developed a garden-based curriculum for children ages 3 through 9. The curriculum is now available in a book that's used by teachers around the world, and Sarah is also a featured speaker at teacher conferences.
Second Place: Shirley Judd, Browerville, Minn.
Third Place: John Foerster, Millersville, Md.
FEEDING THE HUNGRYFrances Coffield
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Frances Coffey started a garden on the site of a razed drug house. Since its inception two years ago, the garden has fed more than 300 area residents with organically grown fruit and vegetables. In a neighborhood that has seen its share of crime and neglect, Frances, known for her trademark straw hat, has brought people together by organizing a volunteer network and creating a beautiful neighborhood meeting and play space.
Second Place: Floyd Jameson, Spencer, Okla.
Third Place: Yvonne Savio, Los Angeles, Calif.
Bill has made the greening of Sacramento a hands-on experience for hundreds of volunteers, and by extension, has enhanced the quality of life for thousands of area residents. He has organized 40 projects and more than 350 volunteers for green-up events that have included the creation of school vegetable and native plant gardens, plus community gardens, and helping to reinvigorate a local organic farm. Bill has also volunteered his drafting and map-making skills to help schools, communities and park districts obtain grants and donations to further their projects.
Second Place: Mel Wilkins, Gambrills, Md.
Third Place: Paige Cunningham, West Cape May, N.J.
URBAN RENEWALHazel Brown
Lifelong gardener Hazel Brown has led the charge to convert trash-filled vacant lots in her Wilmington, Del., neighborhood into community flower and vegetable gardens. Many of these gardens are designed to be intergenerational, providing a place for seniors and children to come together and share the joys of gardening. The result is a safe, healthy neighborhood filled with pride and beauty.
Second Place: Samuel Moton, Camden, N.J.
Third Place: Maureen O'Boyle, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Alisa Viejo, Calif.
Robert has taken his love of the outdoors and native plants and turned it into an exciting public project that is returning genetically correct native plants to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in Southern California. In addition to coordinating volunteers and obtaining private funding for the project, Rob has developed seed collection and propagation techniques, as well as a nursery for growing the native plants.
Second Place: Ellen Dickson, St. Paul, Minn.
Third Place: Judith Levicoff, Jenkintown, Pa.